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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jan 20, 2013 5:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Importance of Attending a Show: Part II

I stand by my opinion from then. I don't like to see groups/artists in large settings because it's hard to get into the music--all the distractions. By the time the band was playing arenas--1972--it just felt weird sitting in a seat that would be used for a hockey game the next night. I can't imagine seeing them in a stadium. But venues like the Fillmore East, The Academy of Music (the Palladium)--and smaller allow one to connect more readily with the band. Plus, in the early days, it was a gig, not a "show." So back then, seeing added a lot to the experience. Everything was new, the whole "hippie thing" was still relatively real, and the band was right in front of you.

Still, the tapes--it IS about the music. I never saw Coltrane, but I can listen to him all day. I wish I'd seen him, but I can enter his music and have my mind blown through its preservation on tape. The tapes are sharp, clear, and one is free from distractions which allows one to hear honestly.

Point is both are good: the live scene and the mellow recap.
And either can allow you to appreciate the music. But only one can allow you to appreciate the SHOW.